Dennis Quaid Sues Drug Maker Over Twins' Overdoses, Says "Serious Complications" Likely

Actor Dennis Quaid pauses while answering a question during an interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Monday, April 12, 2010. Photos: Dennis Quaid
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Dennis Quaid (AP/Cliff Owen, file)

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Actor Dennis Quaid is filing suit on behalf of his twins, Zoe and Thomas, against the pharmaceutical company that makes the blood thinner heparin, citing the overdoses that threatened the newborns' lives two years ago.

The 56-year-old actor sued Deerfield, Illinois-based Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, alleging confusing packaging caused a dangerous drug mix-up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

According to, court documents say that in November, 2007 the newborn twins were treated for a staph infection, and suffered life-threatening reactions which "may be permanent in nature and are likely to cause serious complications in the future."

The lawsuit says heparin and a lower-dose version called Hep-Lock are both packaged in similar blue vials with small print on the labels, which led to an error in the amount of the drug that was used.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Dennis Quaid and his wife previously sued Baxter Healthcare in Illinois over the drug's packaging, but that case was dismissed in 2008.